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First Significant Injury

We have our first significant injury news from the spring camp. Starting TB Markey suffered a stress fracture in foot. From the LAT:

Senior Chris Markey, UCLA's leading rusher last season, is out indefinitely after X-rays revealed a stress fracture in his right foot.

Markey was in a jersey and shorts Friday for spring practice but hobbled around with a restrictive boot on his foot. He was unsure how long he would be out, as results of an MRI exam were pending.

"I went up and caught a pass yesterday and came down on my foot," said Markey, who gained 1,107 yards last season as a junior. "I took a couple steps and started limping.

"It looks like something that has been there for a while, and I must have aggravated it when I landed."

The injury leaves UCLA with two experienced tailbacks, junior Kahlil Bell and senior Derrick Williams, for probably the rest of the spring. Bell gained 239 yards last season, 102 in a game against Rice, before being suspended the final two games for an unspecified violation of team rules. Williams gained 96 yards.
Actually Chris Foster, LAT's new UCLA beat writer is only partially right. UCLA has more than two backs on its roster with experience. He forgot about Chane - the Train - Moline. Here is Jill Painter from the Daily News, who has been around Spalding field a little longer than Foster:
Now, Derrick Williams, Kahlil Bell - who was suspended the last two games last season - Chane Moline and Ryan Carew will take the reps at running back.

"Kahlil Bell and Derrick Williams are pretty experienced," Dorrell said. "It gives those younger guys a chance to compete. ... Sometimes, you discover a great player when you get an opportunity like this."

This was anything but the start Markey had envisioned for his last year at UCLA.

"(It's my) senior year, and I've never really missed any time," Markey said. "I wanted to have a good showing for the new coaches and my teammates.

"It's unfortunate, but it's better now than later."
Chris is right. As long he is healthy by August he will be all right. I hope this means lot more reps for Moline, Williams, and Carew. Honestly I wasn't all that impressed with what I saw from Bell last year. But may be he has improved during the off season. Also don't forget freshman Raymond Carter gets into Westwood this summer. We have heard a lot of hype about Carter during last recruiting season. May be he will be the game breaker we currently lack at the position.

Either way this injury is significant but not that alarming. Chris is going to be fine. It certainly won't be an excuse for not bringing home a Pac-10 championship.